|Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma Alabama|
This is the third of a three part series on a road trip through the South where we explored the three Cs – Civil War, Civil Rights, and Southern Charm.
|Inside Dexter Avenue Baptist Church|
At the Dexter Church, our tour guide, Reba, brought back the spirit of the times. We began the tour singing “This Little Light of Mine” and ended it encircled, holding hands with “We Shall Overcome”. In between, Reba helped us understand how young Dr. King was when he arrived (25), how cars were purchased and used by churches to transport black employees to their work, and even the appearance at the church of former Governor George Wallace in 1979 who apologized for the pain he caused during his tenure. Truthfully, it was thrilling to stand at the pulpit and imagine a full house awaiting inspiration from Dr. King. The church still is active but worried about the aging of its congregation.
|Civil Rights Memorial by Maya Lin|